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About OSP

The Heart of What We Do

OSP was created in the early 1990s to provide protection for both our members and the general public by handling complaints and discipline with respect to psychotherapy. With the advent of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) in 2015, the role of protecting the public interest has shifted to the College, allowing OSP to focus on our members and the heart of what we do..

Our Core Values

Personal Hours of Psychotherapy

While our members practice across many different modalities of psychotherapy, we are united as a vibrant and unique community through our core values. One of these core values is that our Clinical members are required to partake in a minimum of 150 hours of personal psychotherapy. This “use of self” is a starting point that indicates that what we do comes from the inside out, reflecting our integrity and authenticity. It creates unity between what we advocate and what apply in our practice.

“This is the heart of what we do and forms the foundation of our professional home.”
- Christina Becker, Clinical Member and OSP President

Paraphrased from prOSPect newsletter, winter 2015: President’s Reflections by Christina Becker, Clinical Member and OSP President. Read the full article.

Circle Process

Our circle process was originally adopted as an alternative dispute resolution process for ethical complaints. Although CRPO is now responsible for this, the circle process is a consensus-based way to access the wisdom in the membership. This process and the wisdom derived from it can be used to build our knowledge base and raise the bar on the quality of psychotherapy in Ontario.

Continuing Education

Education is another key tenet of OSP. All Registered Psychotherapists are obligated to continually develop their knowledge and training, and OSP provides an events listing of upcoming training opportunities as well as webinars and workshops to facilitate ongoing education in our membership.

For more information on OSP, read our mission statement and code of ethics.